Externship Programs

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Our externship program is an opportunity available exclusively to our graduates who have passed their certification exams. Externships allow you to choose from and work in one of our affiliated healthcare facilities to gain real-world experience and help your resume stand out from the rest.

What’s an externship?

Externships are optional volunteer positions within our network of partner hospitals. During your externship, you will be trained on how to handle the various responsibilities of your job by experienced hospital staff. You will be trained and supervised by staff when you are learning how to properly execute your daily tasks. Externs apply their classroom knowledge to a real-world setting to familiarize themselves with the job. This program acts as a bridge between your formal education and professional career. Sterile Processing Tech, Electrocardiogram Tech, or Tech in Surgery graduates can enroll in our externship program for no extra cost after passing your board exam.

Am I qualified to apply for the externship program?

To qualify for our externship program, you must meet 2 conditions:
  1. You enrolled in and passed a program at Altamont Healthcare
  2. You passed the board exam associated with your program:
    • NCCT – EKG Tech & Tech in Surgery
    • CBSPD – SPD Tech
  3. You have earned your BLS certification.
If you’ve met these conditions, you are qualified to apply for our externship program. Please note that externships are already included in the Sterile Processing Tech, Electrocardiogram, and Surgical Technologist program tuition. Externships are exclusive to Altamont Healthcare graduates.

Do I get paid?

No, externs do not get paid. However, the accelerated experience provided by the externship meets the “one-year of experience” requirement by most employers. It also provides a technician with connections within the hospital for which they externed. Other benefits of the program include:
  • 240-400 hours of real-world training & experience
  • Access to a wide network of hospitals across California
  • Potential job offers upon externship completion (depending on your performance & job openings)
  • An in-house Professionalism Workshop to sharpen your interview skills and improve your resumé

What advantages does it have?

Externships can lead to job opportunities and help graduates get their foot in the door for available job positions within the facility or hospital they are serving. Some benefits include:
  • Training + Work Experience in a real-world environment.
  • Building connections within the hospital you're placed in.
  • Gathering work references for your resume.
  • Deeper understanding of the job, compared to non-externs.
Externships are a source of establishing formal work connections, building your network of job-related contacts. If an extern displays their ability as an effective worker and is a positive addition to the work environment, they may be offered a paid position at that facility.  

How long do externships last?

Externships last from 240-400 hours depending on the coordinator of the hospital in which you are placed. Your availability and the availability of the facility will determine your weekly schedule and hours. The Surgical Tech externship requires 155 procedures for completion. Your externship will typically be completed within 3-4 months. Externs that have open schedules will have an easier time getting placed into a hospital & working more hours per week can help you complete an externship in as little as 6 weeks!

How do I qualify?

Only graduates of Altamont Healthcare’s certification programs can participate in our Externship Program. You must pass your board exam to be eligible for this program. You must also have a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification to be considered for placement. We are partnered with Zenith Career Services to provide our students with complementary BLS certification. Students that enroll in our Sterile Processing Tech, Electrocardiogram Tech, or Tech in Surgery program will receive an externship opportunity at no extra cost. Students that are enrolled in only Endoscope Reprocessing are not eligible for externship.

Robert Glenn Campbell, Esq.

School Administrator and Legal Officer/ Co-Owner Robert is a lawyer by profession for 13 years and owns his legal practice in two locations: Stockton, CA and Santa Clara, CA. He loves empowering the students and assisting them in developing their career in healthcare It is his vision to create a community of employable professionals in our local area. Robert is a graduate of Ateneo de Manila, Philippines and holds a Juris Doctor or J.D.  

Liana Dizon

Externship Advisor Liana brings 17 years of experience in the medical field to Altamont Healthcare. She rose from the ranks as a physical therapy aide to assistant manager while she was employed at a local doctor’s office. Her work there gave her extensive exposure in a variety of situations, such as managing interpersonal relationships in the workplace, student onboarding, medical assistant training, externship issues, documentation, billing and reporting responsibilities. Her role as Externship Advisor enables her to use her skills effectively to place externs in hospitals for training and guide them towards a successful work experience. Liana enjoys her free time hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family.   Education: Therapy Health Technician Certification – Andon College, Stockton, CA  

Khristiane Cruz, MD

Sterile Processing Instructor/ Operations   Khristiane joined Altamont Healthcare in 2018. He is Board Certified in Sterile Processing & Endoscopic Reprocessing. When not instructing he assists in office operations. Khristiane also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology and a Medical Degree in Medicine. His passion to teach and dedication to his students is what makes him remarkable as an instructor.   Education: BA in Biology, Far Eastern University, Philippines, 1999 Doctor of Medicine, Far Eastern University, Philippines, 2004 Board-certified in Sterile Processing Tech, CBSPD, 2018 Board-certified in Endoscope Reprocessing Tech, CBSPD, 2019
Course Prerequisites:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid government-issued photo ID
  • Have at least a high-school diploma or GED.
  • Graduate Altamont Healthcare's SPD, EKG, or Tech in Surgery courses.
  • Pass the NCCT or CBSPD exam associated with your program.
Documents needed at or before the workshop:
  1. Resume
  2. Certificate of Completion from Altamont Healthcare
  3. NCCT/CBSPD Board Certificate or Passed Test Results
Documents needed before being considered for placement:
  1. Proof of Health Insurance/Medical Coverage
  2. BLS/CPR Certification
  3. Completed Immunizations:
    • MMR (Rubeola/Measles, Mumps, Rubella/German Measles titer or 2 doses of immunization)
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox titer or immunization)
    • Hepatitis B – 3 doses or completed declination form
    • TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), valid for 10 years only
    • Flu shot for the current season or completed declination form
  4. TB Test (Dignity Hospitals: 2 ppd, 1 ppd and xray if positive, or Quantiferon Gold)
  5. Must complete externship workshop
Documents needed once assigned to a hospital
  1. Full Background Check (student expense)
  2. Urine Drug Testing, 10 drug panel (student expense)
  Note: Depending on the assigned facility, there may be additional requirements.

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